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When it comes to Christmas trees, get real!

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When it comes to Christmas trees, get real!

Not sure if you're on St. Nick's naughty or nice list? Tipping the scale in your favor can be as easy as 1, 2, tree.

Anyone with a reindeer-powered sleigh is probably eco-conscious, so he'd likely look favorably upon putting presents under an environmentally responsible Christmas tree. Fear not, we can help you determine whether a real or fake Christmas tree is more environmentally responsible.

We'll end the suspense early and tell you that a real tree is more environmentally responsible than a plastic one.

Real trees have a lot going for them when it comes to sustainability and eco-friendliness. 

  1. National Geographic said, before they’re cut, trees help to purify groundwater.
  2. Tree farms provide wildlife with shelter, and there’s an economic benefit of buying from a local seller.
    a.    Only about 10 percent of trees grown on farms are purchased, leaving more than 300 million trees standing, providing environmental benefits.
  3. When sustainably managed, tree forests provide benefits, such as future Christmas trees and other wood products.
  4. After the holiday, Christmas trees can be responsibly recycled to be used for conservation or habitat projects.

As if those aren't enough reasons to venture out to a forest or tree farm, we can tell you that according to Nature.org, about 90 percent of the 10 million artificial trees that are purchased annually are shipped from overseas, which means more carbon emissions. Since they are typically not recyclable, the used fake trees are thrown out.

So, head out to the local tree farm, pick out your favorite Douglas fir and enjoy the fresh scent of evergreen on a crisp winter’s day. Who said being nice is boring?

Photo credit: David Tonelson/Tonelson Photography/Shutterstock

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